Tag: Arms Trafficking
Organized crime structures are known to be moving entire arsenals from Peru into Ecuador and on to armed groups within Colombia. However, the full details about the origins of these weapons and the specific criminal organizations receiving them remain unknown.
A Florida gun shop owner was recently convicted for trafficking firearms to Haiti with the help of a senator and several other top government officials, raising serious questions about government corruption in the Caribbean nation’s illegal arms trade.
Three recent seizures of military-grade weapons in Venezuela provide evidence that such arms are circulating and in demand precisely as Venezuela is suffering a violent political crisis.
An investigation into several soldiers in Ecuador who are accused of supplying weapons to an ex-FARC mafia network operating in a key border region suggests that groups of former FARC fighters are growing stronger and building the capacity to corrupt military personnel.
Authorities in Panama are asking the United States for assistance in investigating an international arms trafficking network that may have included the participation of former security officials, raising questions about the country’s role in the regional arms trafficking trade.
US President Donald Trump has approved a new reform that will ease firearm export controls for US weapons manufacturers, which could have an adverse effect on the number of US-sourced firearms used in criminal activities in Mexico in the wake of already record levels of violence.
Authorities in Chile say they have uncovered the first international arms trafficking network importing guns from the United States to be resold in the South American nation, illustrating how crime groups across Latin America have taken advantage of lax US gun laws to supply the region with illicit weapons.
Even without significant investment in border security, weapons and narcotics seizures along Brazil's borders have increased over the last year, giving rise to the possibility that this increase is being driven by underworld dynamics.
A criminal group has been reported smuggling weapons of war out of Venezuela to expand their illegal activities, taking advantage of the country's economic crisis, lack of oversight on the part of Nicolás Maduro’s administration and the newly active border created by mass migration.
A small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling contraband between the two nations, underscoring the consequences of Venezuela’s failure to control the country’s political and economic crisis.
Since 2014, there have been more firearm seizures than homicides committed with guns in Guatemala. Guatemala’s National Police (Policia Nacional Civil – PNC) has identified some of the routes used to transport the guns to and within the country but they seem to know little about who owns them and how they end up in the hands of criminal organizations.
A new report has provided additional information on arms trafficking routes in Guatemala, showing that they appear to mirror the drug trafficking hot spots utilized by the country's criminal groups.